Deptford Twp. – Gloucester County College’s Division of Health, Physical Education & Recreation added another accolade to its already impressive legacy: head baseball coach Mike Dickson has been named the recipient of the prestigious Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year award.
Gloucester County College’s 250-acre campus is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.
Arguably one of the best college baseball coaches in history, Bertman led Louisiana State University’s baseball team to five national championships. His athletes played in the U.S. College World Series a combined 11 times. As a result, he was among the first class of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame for his 870-330-3 career record.
Dickson is now on a similar path to excellence. He has been at the helm of the Roadrunner baseball program for more than eight seasons — winning two NJCAA National Championship titles, including 2013, and more than 300 games. The team finished this season with a 49-3 overall record.
During his tenure, GCC participated in five NJCAA National World Series tournaments in the last six years. Forty-six of his players have signed with four-year universities while 13 nabbed professional athletic contracts.
“To win this award is shocking,” said Dickson. “Bertman is the greatest college coach of my generation. And the other coaches that were nominated throughout the country are outstanding. It’s a huge honor, especially being from a junior college in the northeast.”
Dickson edged out Linfield’s Scott Brosius, Faulkner’s Pat McCarthy, LSU’s Paul Mainieri and Indiana’s Tracey Smith. Linfield captured the NCAA Division III and Faulkner the NAIA crowns respectively.
“It still hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Dickson.
“Mike works very hard to recruit and train talented athletes,” said GCC Athletic Director Ron Case. “He works hard not only to keep them in school, but to also have them move on to four-year universities. He continually sets high goals and meets them. I’m happy to see him receive this award, it’s well deserved.”
In addition, Dickson has been named the NJCAA and American Baseball Coach Association’s national Coach of the Year as well as the NJCAA Region XIX Coach of the Year five times.
Prior to working at the College, he had stints at the University of Pennsylvania and Rowan University. Dickson helped guide the Rowan Profs to a 138–42 record with two consecutive trips to both the NCAA World Series and New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship in 2002 and 2003.
“I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the kids who put the work in or the College that took a shot at hiring me,” he said.
Going forward, Dickson plans to improve his already impressive 326-73 career record at GCC.